"Ramblas and Placa de Catalunya" Plaça Catalunya Tip by margaretvn
Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona: 70 reviews and 142 photos
Go to the Placa de Catalunya and then walk along the Ramblas.
Las Ramblas is an historic avenue which is always busy. The name comes from the Arabic "Ramla" meaning the dried up bed of a seasonal river. The city wall of the 13th century barcelona followed the left bank of such a river which flowed from the Collserola hills down to the sea. In the 16th century convents, monasteries and the university were built on the opposite bank. With the passing of time the river bed was filled and these buildings were pulled down. between the Placa de Catalunya and Port Vell (old Port) there are in fact five Ramblas lined with shops and cafes, and it is there you find the wonderful Boqueria market and the Liceu Opera House.
From the Placa de Catalunya you can wander along the Ramblas. There you can see little stalls selling birds and stalls of beautiful flowers. There is also the fruit, vegetable and fish and meat market which is great fun to walk through and it gives great photo opportunities. From about 10.00 the Ramblas is also the place to see the 'human statues' and some are really wonderful.
There are wonderful facades are building around the Placa de Catalunya - it is lovely to sit in the little area around the fountain and look at the buildings and people watch.
When we were there we spent some time watching these marvellous "statues". They were along the whole length of the avenue and they were wonderful - how do they stand so still?
Address: Plaça Catalunya
Directions: Northwestern End Las Ramblas. Metro: Drassanes, Liceu, Catalunya
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